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Review: Kate Atkinson, Manchester Literature Festival

October 28, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Kate Atkinson, Manchester Literature Festival

I’m a binge-reader. I used to be someone who hovered over books slowly, drinking them in, pondering, possibly having a really good sniff of the spine.

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Nothing is Meant to be Broken by Mark Connors and Northern Lights by Harry Gallagher

Poetry Review: Nothing is Meant to be Broken by Mark Connors; Northern Lights by Harry Gallagher

October 27, 2018 Comments Off on Poetry Review: Nothing is Meant to be Broken by Mark Connors; Northern Lights by Harry Gallagher

If you’ve ever been to the city of York, you’ll no doubt have fallen in love with it, if not with the hen and stag nights.

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Slip of a Fish, Amy Arnold

Book Review: Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold

October 27, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold

Have you ever read a book that left you astounded?

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Enigma Variations, Andre Aciman

Review: Andre Aciman, Manchester Literature Festival

October 26, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Andre Aciman, Manchester Literature Festival

I read chapters from Olivia Laing’s The Lonely City in the bath.

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24 Stories, Unbound

Review: 24 Stories featuring Kathy Burke, Mike Gayle, John Mitchinson, Nina Stibbe, Manchester Literature Festival

October 19, 2018 Comments Off on Review: 24 Stories featuring Kathy Burke, Mike Gayle, John Mitchinson, Nina Stibbe, Manchester Literature Festival

Social media gets a bad rap.

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Review: Room 103 – a tribute to George Orwell, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

October 19, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Room 103 – a tribute to George Orwell, Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester

George Orwell had relatively little comment on the subject of the visual arts save to say that he didn’t much care for Salvador Dali whose autobiography he described as “simply a strip-tease act conducted in pink limelight”.

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Review: Carys Davies and Sarah Moss, Manchester Literature Festival

October 19, 2018 Comments Off on Review: Carys Davies and Sarah Moss, Manchester Literature Festival

From ITV big gob (and all-round cockwomble), Piers Morgan has suggested that papoose-wearing fathers look ’emasculated’. 

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Appointment In Arezzo

Review – A Celebration of Muriel Spark: Jackie Kay, Alan Taylor & Louise Welsh, Manchester Literature Festival

October 18, 2018 Comments Off on Review – A Celebration of Muriel Spark: Jackie Kay, Alan Taylor & Louise Welsh, Manchester Literature Festival

It’s cosily disorientating.

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Review – BRIT(ish): Afua Hirsch, Manchester Literature Festival

October 17, 2018 Comments Off on Review – BRIT(ish): Afua Hirsch, Manchester Literature Festival

Working to forge a sense of belonging, Afua Hirsch lays out her conflicting ideologies as a half-Ghanaian, half-English woman.

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The Beauty of Broken Things by Catherine North

Book Review: The Beauty of Broken Things by Catherine North

October 17, 2018 Comments Off on Book Review: The Beauty of Broken Things by Catherine North

I’m increasingly drawn to stories set in the places I know well.

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